President Biden, On The Journey Toward Balancing & Diversifying Courts
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A string of federal judges announced plans to retire following the outcome of the 2020 election, paving the way for President Biden to name their replacements. HuffPost senior politics reporter Jen Bendery joins CBSN’s “Red & Blue” anchor Elaine Quijano with more on the push from some activists to speed up the confirmation process, in the video published on Jan. 28, 2021, “Federal judges announces plans to retire, opening court vacancies for Biden to fill“, below:
With President Joe Biden now in power, at least seven federal judges are retiring, allowing him to name their replacements, in the video published on Jan 28, 2021, “Judges Retire, Benefitting Biden“, below:
President Joe Biden launched his effort to reshape the federal judiciary on Tuesday, announcing a diverse slate of judicial nominees with a wide range of experience, including public defenders. The push comes as Biden seeks to counter the mark on the federal bench left by former President Donald Trump, who had more than 230 mostly conservative judges confirmed during his four years in power. Biden’s picks are also aimed at fulfilling a campaign promise to choose diverse nominees and transform the makeup of the courts. Biden announced his intent to nominate 11 people to fill federal district and appeals court vacancies, moving quicker than any modern president to put forward a large number of nominees. The picks included Ketanji Brown Jackson for the powerful U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia, one of three Black women selected to fill appeals court vacancies, and Zahid Quraishi, who would be the first Muslim-American federal judge in U.S. history. Biden also nominated Florence Pan, who would be the first Asian- American woman to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and Lydia Griggsby, who would become the first woman of color to serve as a federal judge in Maryland. In total, Biden chose nine women and two men for his first crop of judicial nominees. The president has faced pressure from liberals to make good on promises to diversify the federal government through his picks for powerful posts. “This trailblazing slate of nominees draws from the very best and brightest minds of the American legal profession,” Biden said in a statement. “Each is deeply qualified and prepared to deliver justice faithfully under our Constitution and impartially to the American people — and together they represent the broad diversity of background, experience and perspective that makes our nation strong.” Biden sought to get a fast start in his drive to overhaul the federal bench while the Senate is under Democratic control. Tuesday’s slate was the first of a number of batches of judicial nominations the president plans to announce in coming weeks and months, according to a senior administration official, in the video published on March 30, 2021, “Biden’s First, Mostly Female Court Nominees Would Diversify Federal Judiciary“, below:
In the video published on March 31, 2021, “Biden unveils first list of judicial nominees“, below:
Rep. James Clyburn, who pushed Biden to commit to nominating the first Black woman to the Supreme Court during the campaign, joins Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss Biden’s first round of “outstanding” diverse judicial picks to reshape the courts and how Biden is positioned to fulfill that promise if a Supreme Court seat opens up: “One of the best ways to have the backs of the Black community in this country is to have a Supreme Court that is diversified, have a judiciary that is diversified.” in the video published on April 1, 2021, “House Majority Whip: Biden ‘Has A Big Reservoir’ Of Diverse Judges For Possible SCOTUS Nominee“, below:
In the video published on April 28, 2021, “Durbin Gives Opening Remarks in First Hearing for President Biden’s Judicial Nominees“, below:
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday advanced President Biden’s first group of judicial nominees, teeing up five potential judges for a confirmation vote, in the video published on May 20, 2021, “Senate panel advances Biden’s first group of judicial nominees“, below:
Rachel Maddow tells the history of the judicial nomination of Julien Xavier Neals by President Obama, whose nominees were virtually stalled by Republicans toward the end of his term, and now again by President Biden, who has a long road ahead if he hopes to balance the flood of judges Republicans installed under Donald Trump, in the video published on June 9, 2021, “First Biden Judge Confirmed; Democrats Slow To Balance Trump Judge Glut“, below:
The Senate Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on a number of President Biden’s nominees, in the video published on June 9, 2021, “Senate Judiciary Committee Considers Five Biden Judicial Nominees“, below:
Ali Velshi reports on the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and notes that many consider her a strong possibility for nomination to the Supreme Court should Justice Breyer step aside, in the video published on June 15, 2021, “Senate Confirms Biden Judge With Supreme Court Potential“, below:
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